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Not really sure what to say here. My name is Ken, and I live in Washington State. Have played the harmonica for many years but only by ear. Want to learn how to play more. I am also learning the guitar, ukulele, and I am relearning to play my clarinet as I have not played it for over forty years.. Have loved music all my life. Being able to play an instrument just makes me happy. Looking forward to meeting new people here with the same interests.
Ha, I tried with my laptop but that gave very low quality sound.
I didn't think to try my camera, which of course records video.
Thanks for pointing out my stupidity.
If you just want to do sound, probably a cheap mic is all you need. Most computers will have basic recording software installed. A windows machine (though I don't have the newer version) should have "Sound Recorder" in the "Accessories" section. You can get a USB mic or some computers may have a small audio input jack. With Sound Recorder, you just click a button to start recording and click a button to stop. Couldn't be easier.
For video, as Marcy alluded to, most cameras (not to mention phones and darn near everythig else) can record you. People sometimes don't even know that their cheap digital still cameras can do video.
The simpler the better. Anything you don't have to hassle much with will be apt to get you doing it more. Maybe you already have something on hand like a phone or tablet that takes recordings? I use a zoom Q3 video camera. I bet you'll get lots of good suggestions from others on this too.
You've got the groove of this tune, Andy. It sounds really good--good enough to make me miserable about not being on the beach.
Nice playing, Dexer. Using a low harp was a great call. It really makes that song sound good. The amp's cool too. I can't imagine how juggling a mic along with the harmonica feels more comfortable, but I'll take your word for it.
Andy, you get the prize for first to post in all three! Hey, I found that pop version!
How do you record yourself?
What equipment is needed to record yourself so that you can hear your mistakes & improve your technique?
Hohner Special 20 in C
Hohner Special 20 in A
Swan 1040 Pro 10 in C
Hohner CX12 in C
Hohner Chrometta14 in C
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My wife heard part of this recording and said it sounded like a pop version of Summertime. Didn't think it was that bad.
Oh and Dexer, nice sound, like it a lot. If anyone has just listened to mine, go listen to his to wipe out the bad memory.
After just posting an awful first version of Summertme, here's one I'm more happy with, but practised it a fair bit, rehearsed and reading from tabs as I play.
Sort of semi homage to Adam Gussow by recording in my car on my phone. Next step us to get on a plane to Jamaica and record it on a yacht. Just need to get some cash together for that.
Ok, here's a very awful first version. The bends are wrong and clang, heaps of wrong notes and spacing down the drain.
However, I really like the way I end it.
As an excuse, this recording was made with after only one practise of the song and from memory (haven't played it for a few months). Only the second time I've played it in the high register, and just played by ear, no tabbing. Plenty of things to be happy about. But as a performance it pretty much sucks. But it's good to see how bad a player can be without practise.
I'm excited to have my first Suzuki Manji on order and I was going to use to use it for this challenge...but mail order arrival dates are a crap shoot so I decided to start off with a harp already on hand. I used my Lee Oskar Low F. And this is the first video where I've played back through an amp. I'm using a Fender Mustang 1.
The video quality sucks as, once again, I was so dang lazy that I used my TV as a light source and the image focuses in an out like a bad LSD trip . But I'm basically pleased with the sound. I like using an amp. And holding the mic seems to put my hands in a more comfortable position than just holding the harp.
Hey, thanks so much Andy and Richard.
Give yourself SOME credit for doing a search first. Try this for starters -
Be Blues...And Jazz,
Suave Blues Man
That was really good!